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Kamala's Choice

Mike Mennonno | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike Mennonno

California is a funny place. In some ways it's ahead of the curve -- think, I don't know, crop-tops and the Apple watch -- in other ways it's, well, on a par with Uganda. The recent advancement of the "Sodomite Suppression Act" and the Attorney General's hamstrung reaction is a case in point.

Queer Pride for the Straight Guy

Robin Hall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robin Hall

Sexuality isn't a choice, it is a blessing. I'm glad my father came out and I'm proud of him for it. I love that he is gay, it is one of my favorite things about him.

WATCH: This Vlogger Has Some (Hilarious) Choice Words For Dolce & Gabbana

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This is one way to tell Dolce & Gabbana how you really feel! This hilarious YouTube video comes from actor Ryan Fisher playing a fictional vlogger ...

The Animus Amicus: Archive Activism and Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Montgomery

The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., is using the Freedom of Information Act to unearth a "culture of animus" that permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission -- now known as the Office of Personnel Management -- and demonstrate that anti-equality laws and regulations have long been grounded in hostility, which is not a permissible justification for discrimination.

This Custom T-Shirt Company Just Made An Amazing Move In The Face Of Homophobia

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One company just made an incredible display of solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the face of blatant homo...

Homophobia Hiding in Plain Sight

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anyone who didn't see the homophobia at CPAC -- and the organizing around it that still animates much of the conservative movement, and is bowed to by the GOP -- must have been wearing blinders.

Pay Attention Queens: Why the Oklahoma Fraternity Fiasco Should Matter to Us

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

It seems clear to me that here we have an example of the kind of institution that excludes us. We can see the mechanisms of exclusion and the culture from which they stem. We see that we are not the only ones excluded and should speak up for each other.

Why Most White Straight Males Don't Talk About Privilege

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Sutheshna Mani

I have to take every initiative to change my language, attitude and behavior towards people who are marginalized in one way or the other. Using my knowledge to try and change the mindsets, and eventually the greater social milieu of the society, and country I live in.

WATCH: What Homophobic Politicians' Recent Rhetoric Has in Common With the Ku Klux Klan's

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Creating rules that hold people down is bigotry no matter how friendly you are about it.

Italian Lesbian Teen Couple Faces Abuse, Threats Of Rape Because Of Their Love

HuffPost Italy | Silvia Renda | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Italy and was translated into English. Imagine walking down the street with your boyfriend or girlfrien...

Time Warner Cable Is for Straight People Only, Please

Em & Lo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Let's start with the first page, which begins with the instructions, "Let's start with an easy one: Are you a guy or a girl?" Wait, what? Do movies buffer differently for guys and girls? Do women need their tech advice given in a pretty pink font?!

Dr. Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.04.2015 | Comedy
Dorian de Wind

Ben Carson, one of America's top neurosurgeons and a potential Republican candidate for president, said that Congress proves stupidity is a choice.

Being Masculine Doesn't Make You a Top: The Real Problem With Russell Tovey

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Second, Tovey isn't just "proud to be masculine," as I've seen some trolls insisting. It isn't "just the way he is" or "who he wants to be." Tovey places a positive moral value on being masculine, and negative value on gay male effeminacy.

Here's How Homophobia Sounds To Normal People

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

How ridiculous does homophobia sound to someone who is not an anti-gay bigot? In this latest video from Girl Pants Productions called "How Homophob...

Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

Ross Ellis | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Ross Ellis

In order to stop public shaming, we should all be held accountable and be role models to our children, our peers and others. Lead by example and show words of kindness can and do make a world of difference.

WATCH: Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Here's their sneaky trick: Conservative lawmakers have realized that they can't pass laws that specifically target LGBT people. So now, instead, they're selectively re-writing nondiscrimination laws so that they have a Big Gay Loophole.

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

Frank Bua | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Frank Bua

Whether the old guard is wising up or dying off is no longer relevant. The gay rights movement is being won person by person, family by family, city by city, with Washington, D.C. a reluctant, self-congratulatory last stop.

On William Friedkin's Cruising, 35 Years On

Nathan Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Smith

The film had a storyline that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my 16-year-old closeted self, and added to my own internet cruising for doses of gay culture before regularly deleting the browsing history.

Stop Letting Trans People Die

Mya Adriene Byrne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mya Adriene Byrne

I call on all non-trans people: queer allies, straight activists, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, bandmates, soulmates, teens and elders, ministers, doctors and teachers -- let the world know that you care about trans folk, no matter how they identify, and that you stand with us.

The Queer's Guide to Surviving (and Thriving in) the Straight Male Barbershop

Naomi Gordon-Loebl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Gordon-Loebl

Barbershops are incubators for masculinity. As a visibly queer person, regardless of gender, entering a space like that can be intimidating and even scary. But under the right circumstances, going to the barber can also be a positive and affirming experience.

How Jon Stewart Turned Conservative Lies Into Groundbreaking Comedy and Enlightened a Generation

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

While many conservatives are happy to see him leave the show he created, the truth is that all Stewart's done is dare to look at Michele Bachmann from the vantage point of a sane person. In doing so, we laugh because changing "French fries" to "freedom Fries" is funny.

A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.

Why Azealia Banks Will Never Redefine 'Faggot'

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

Just as a gay man cannot redefine the word "dyke," a woman, whether heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual, has no right to use "faggot," especially in the name of feminism. And to do so is a shame to feminists everywhere.

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...